Album Showcase: Alfredo by Freddie Gibbs and The Alchemist

Music video for 1985, a track off of Alfredo

If you would have asked me which rapper would be perfect for The Alchemist’s production style, I would say either Pusha T or Freddie Gibbs. Well folks, I’m glad to inform y’all that this collaboration album between Freddie Gibbs and The Alchemist is fantastic and just what one would expect from such a collaboration.

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Producer Props: Surf & Turf by Boldy James

Music video for Surf & Turf by Boldy James, featuring Vince Staples

I first found out about the new Boldy James album via a post on r/hiphopheads linking to the Pitchfork review of the album. I didn’t know who Boldy James was before this but my interest was piqued by the fact that the album was produced by The Alchemist, a producer I’m a big fan of.

As soon as I started listening to the album, it was obvious that this was another fantastic work of production. Boldy James’ rapping is pretty good but I don’t think I would have listened to the entire album if it didn’t have that sort of production.

If you enjoyed this and want more of The Alchemist, he had two projects in 2019 that are worth a listen, Lamb Over Rice and Yacht Rock 2. The Alchemist is truly a master of setting the mood with his production and especially on Yacht Rock 2, you can feel the beach vibes coming through. One of my personal favourites is the Paris x La x Bruxelles Instrumentals. Pure instrumental goodness.